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Iron Man, Watchmen, Shazam, Punisher: July 23rd Comic Reel Wrap

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Iron Man, Watchmen, Shazam, Punisher: July 23rd Comic Reel Wrap

IRON MAN

It’s too easy to say “talk to the repulsor,” but you’ll probably think it too when you see the new photo from Entertainment Weekly showing Robert Downey Jr. finding out how clothes make the Avenger.

WATCHMEN

Sally Jupiter? Rorschach? Ozymandias? CBR News checks out the casting rumors.

SHAZAM

Screen writer John August talked to the Los Angeles Times about some of the conundrums present in creating the character. “Billy doesn’t want to turn back, that’s central to the story. And a lot of the movie hinges upon that and Billy’s relationship with his best friend and that disparity. They are two teen friends and then suddenly one of them is 30 and a hero. So it creates tension. You know, as a screenwriter, that’s the thing, to take what seems to be a problem and make it a key element of the story. But Michael hit it on the head, that’s one of the emotional cores of this story. So to me it’s a great problem to have.”

PUNISHER

Latino Review has an interesting rumor claiming that actor Ray Stevenson will follow Dolph Lundgren and Thomas Jane in wearing a skull-faced black t-shirt.

GREEN HORNET

Another article at the Los Angeles Times claims that writer/director Seth Rogen wants “Kung Fu Hustle” and “Shaolin Soccer” veteran Stephen Chow to get sized for a domino mask to play martial arts-inspired sidekick Kato.

SMALLVILLE

The network has released a first look at actress Laura Vandervoort “in character” as Supergirl.

Across the aisle, Kryptonsite’s avowed enemies at Devoted to Smallville have a scan of a TV Guide article discussing the hit CW series and what to expect for season seven.

WANTED

IESB chimed in with a script review of the project bringing Mark Millar to Hollywood.

SGT. ROCK

Speaking of script reviews, Latino Review is back taking a look at the screenplay for Easy Company’s head honcho.

30 DAYS OF NIGHT

Actor Josh Hartnett was interviewed by Shock Till You Drop about his upcoming horror turn. “It’s not like it’s just all running and screaming,” Hartnett said of the project. “It’s actually quite a difficult character piece. It’s all about trying to find your way into a headspace where you can actually sacrifice yourself or someone you love. It was a good dramatic movie actually when it comes down to it, ’cause there were just so many scenes of people sitting in a room, huddled and starting to lose it because they’ve been hiding for so long. It’s good. I liked it a lot, and I had a great time.”

THE DARK KNIGHT

CBR News takes an exclusive look at the set with photos from our pal Tom Stillwell, plus more about the sequel.

HEROES

What’s next for creator Tim Kring? He wonders that in a Superhero Hype interview. “It’s been a wild ride,” Kring said “As you know, a season is 39 weeks long, and most television shows, us being one of them, can only produce about 24 episodes, so when you do the math, you’re off the air. That didn’t used to matter with a stand-alone procedural show where people would watch a rerun. Now, nobody will watch a rerun of a serialized show. Reruns are dead, so the question becomes what do you do to keep the audience alive, especially on a show like this that has kind of an addictive quality to it and a rhythm to the airing of these episodes. As you may or may not have known, we were off the air for seven weeks during the spring. We came back and took a huge hit in the ratings. We lost three million viewers and they never came back. This idea of doing a series within the series that would be new ancillary material to the show in a way. It lives in the world of “Heroes” but it’s a different series. The basic idea is that we posited a premise on the show that this is happening around the world and to many, many people and people are waking up with these discoveries of these unique powers, and this is a chance to show some of those origin stories in a kind of Rod Serling template of a cautionary tale or a morality tale around one or two characters that are discovering their new-found abilities.”

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

We can’t do this without you. The rumors, the scoops, the set photos — they’re all fueled by passionate fans emailing in the goods. The ones who ask, “What do you mean your sister’s dating somebody who works for Miles Millar?” The ones who know the code names of movie projects and scour city permit filings for them. The devoted, the involved. Fans, just like you. Whatever you know, we wanna know, and whether you want your name shouted to the web’s rafters or kept closer than a classified report, we’ve got you covered like a comforter. Broadcasting live from Los Angeles, this is your humble scribe Hannibal Tabu saying thank you for your time and indulgence, and “enough talk — let’s go make with the ‘biff’ and the ‘pow’ already.”

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